Vandalism runs contrary to the culture we seek to sustain

Monday, January 23, 2017

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

As you may be aware, several local businesses and university buildings were vandalized with graffiti/spray paint over the weekend. Our University Police are working with the Boone Police to investigate the situation, and as new information becomes available, I will be sure you are kept apprised of progress in the investigation.

The Appalachian Community has always been known for fostering a culture of respect and integrity, where differing opinions and ideas could be debated openly, honestly and without fear of retribution. The weekend’s vandalism is illegal and also runs contrary to the culture that we as a community seek to sustain. I know some of you are concerned and distressed – please know that we have several resources available for students, faculty and staff who may need it. You can find links to resources – from counseling resources for students, faculty and staff, to the Office of the Dean of Students, to the Ombuds Office – at

In addition, the offices of Academic Affairs and Student Development will host a Speech Summit March 26 – 31, 2017. Appalachian has been participating in a number of initiatives to build constructive dialogue within the community, including the internationally renowned Sustained Dialogue initiative, and I encourage you to watch for more information about the Speech Summit and join our community members in influencing positive, respectful conversations.


/s/ Sheri N. Everts

Sheri N. Everts